WINNIPEG - On this night in Winnipeg, there was one man in particular more than 15,000 came to see.
Kyle Connor's first game - his first twirl on MTS Centre ice - was billed as must-see TV, and he did not disappoint.
The 17th pick in the 2015 Draft made his presence felt in his preseason debut Thursday, scoring the winning goal at the 15-minute mark of the second period to help the Jets to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Connor's notoriously soft hands were on display after Mark Stuart made a spectacular no-look, behind-the-back pass across to the right circle. In tight, Connor outwaited the goaltender, casually flipping it up under the bar for his first as a Jet.
"I slipped behind him and they didn't really see me there. I had a little extra time, more than I thought," Connor said. "It was a great play by all my teammates. There was a lot of excitement out there. … Going into the game I had a few nerves but once you step on the ice, it's just another hockey game and that goes away. It's nice to score a goal, but it's just one game and I've got a long preseason to go."